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Melinda prides herself on her matchmaking ability as evident by the number of couples getting hitched in the town of Chester. She wants everyone to find the kind of love she shared with her late husband. Melinda is satisfied to remain the mysterious widowed matchmaker. Facing her future alone is less painful than risking her heart again.

Adam is a retired Marine. He longs
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Published May 7th 2020 by MC Two Press
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
Adam Bell....retired Marine. Melinda Phillips...matchmaker/former therapist. Two people in a small town in Connecticut that you wouldn’t expect to befriend each other. But they do and more! This book was interesting because it is written in a very elegant, kind of light hearted way, but it deals with very heavy topics. Death, PTSD, war....Adam and Mel have each been through a lot in life and they both have secrets that might cause the end of whatever kind of relationship they are trying to build ...more
Maria
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
Very likeable and relatable protagonists and side characters make “The Matchmaker and the Marine”, by Lucinda Race (MC Two Press), an enjoyable, satisfying story about two people with baggage finding their HEA.
The wounded alpha male is very interesting, a mix of charm, earnestness and hidden fears. Adam is a really compelling character, his honesty very attractive, despite the delayed revelation of “The Big Issue”.
I loved the fact Adam
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Sienna
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

A big thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an arc in return for an honest review.

Another great clean, wholesome, non smut romance.

A romance about two working adults vulnerable due to events and finding friendship and then love is always going to get me.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy and binge smutty romances with the best of them but as much as I seek those out and enjoy them there rating at the end is never past a high 3-star. However, you give me a clean modern-day romance that is no
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Angela
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

The Matchmaker and the Marine is the first story that I have read by Lucinda Race. This is a contemporary second chance, small-town romance- all about taking a chance on love and finding love unexpectedly.
Melinda Phillips is a very successful matchmaker. She knows what it is like to find a ‘forever love’, and even though her soul mate has passed away, she still wants everyone to experience that kind of true love. Adam Bell retired from the Marines after his last tour left him scarred, bot
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Jenni Bishop
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town Romance by Lucinda Race is a lovely second chance romance. It is well written and the characters are easy to fall in love with. They are each flawed and scared and both learning to get on with life after heartbreak and tragedy. If only they could set it aside and learn to trust again and take a step back and see what is right in front of their faces. It is a sweet and easy read to get lost in and makes for a nice afternoon reading.
Angela
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The Matchmaker and the Marine is the first story that I have read by Lucinda Race. This is a contemporary romance about taking a chance on love and finding love unexpectedly.
Melinda Phillips is a very successful matchmaker. She knows what it is like to find a ‘forever love’, and even though her soul mate has passed away, she still wants everyone to experience that kind of true love. Adam Bell retired from the Marines after his last tour left him scarred, both physically and emotionally. H
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Angela
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

The Matchmaker and the Marine is the first story that I have read by Lucinda Race. This is a contemporary romance about taking a chance on love and finding love unexpectedly.
Melinda Phillips is a very successful matchmaker. She knows what it is like to find a ‘forever love’, and even though her soul mate has passed away, she still wants everyone to experience that kind of true love. Adam Bell retired from the Marines after his last tour left him scarred, both physically and emotionally. H
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Erica Fish
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story to two broken people who just happen to be at the same place at the same time. This sweet story of finding love after being hurt. Melinda is a widow who just happens to be a matchmaker. She lost her love and does not think she will find another one. Adam is a Marine who loses his leg and because of that, his girlfriend walks out on him. Can he ever find love again? Lucinda Race does a wonderful capturing of the pain Melinda and Adam have gone through in their life so far. The cha ...more
Peggy Jaeger
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Matchmaker and the Marine by Lucinda Race is that rare book that makes me smile.
A slow burn romance about two people who've suffered loss ( one a loved one, the other, physical loss) and yet find the courage and faith to take a chance on love again.

There's nothing I like better than reading about people who don't hop into bed the moment they meet, but become friends first, and then realize the person they've been looking at is the one they want to be with forever.

This was a sweet tale of sec
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Jes Bruno
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Matchmaker and the Marine by Lucinda Race was a great example of why I love second chance romances. As my first book by this author, Melinda and Adam’s story was heartwarming and full of emotions that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Both of these characters had an uphill battle to fight through and it was great to see how the right person can help fight those battles. I can’t wait to read more books from this small town and check out other books by this author.
Meg Tyrrell
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Lucinda Race, and it won't be my last. Melinda is a Matchmaker and is able to bring people together to find everlasting love. Adam is a marine but after an attack he has been discharged. The characters are both flawed in different ways and the friendship and trust comes through the story and builds to a great ending. I loved Lucinda’s writing style and can’t wait to read more from her! ...more
Donna Repsher
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Lucinda Race is a new-to-me author, and since I generally love wounded warrior romances, this novel sounded right in my wheelhouse, and while it wasn't at all what I expected after reading the blurb, it was fairly well-written, and had an interesting cast of characters, but, at least for this reader, the pace was too slow, not much happened, and while it wasn't a bad read, it was less than I had hoped for, which is the reason I can only give it a 3-star rating.

The matchmaking heroine, Melinda,
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Jessica
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Widowed and a matchmaker Melinda Philips wants everyone to know the love she felt.  She has accepted that she will live a lonely life but she wants to help others find love. When she is at a client's wedding who she was the matchmaker for she trips and falls into the arms of a a marine.  Adam Bell has had his leg amputated and its nothing but a reminder of his past as a marine. His girlfriend dumped him after his amputation and he does not want to ever go through that kind of rejection again. Bu ...more
Emily Slack
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was sent to me in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

If you want a feel good book with honest heartfelt emotions then this is the book for you. There were quite a few moments in this book that brought a tear to my eye, especially when Melinda would think back on her life with her husband. The emotions in this book were true and the level of detail the author used really absorbs you into the story, it feels as if you are right there with the MCs.

There were a couple of instances in
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Jennifer Pierson
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melinda Phillips is a matchmaker in a small town in Connecticut, but also a former therapist. Adam Bell is a retired marine with a few issues leftover from serving. They're complete opposites, and you know what they say about opposites attract, so these two strike up a friendship, but it didn't take long before the chemistry was showing out. This story dealt with some big topics that are realistic, but not in an OTT way either, as it was still come off as light. I know that sounds crazy, but ser ...more
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Aww, I loved this one; from the beginning, I knew I would. This standalone is sweet and cute while full of flirtiness and sexual tension. Although it has some serious topics, for me, they weren’t the main focus of the story. It’s fun and light even during the serious parts it never felt heavy. Still, it is an emotional story; I cried! It has some realistically touching moments and I just could stop the tears from falling.

Adam and Melinda have amazing chemistry, even their friends pick up on it.
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Kari Hansen
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melinda was living her happy ever after until her husband passed away and she has turned her desire for everyone to have their own happy ever after into a successful matchmaking business. Adam is still dealing with the aftereffects of his career in the Marines and would like to find a woman to spend his life with but he isn’t sure that such a person exists for him.

Adam decides to hire Melinda as his matchmaker and what starts as a friendship evolves into something much deeper but will their past
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Matchmaker and The Marine by Lucinda Race is the story of Adam and Melinda 'Mel' Phillips.
Melinda lost her husband and doesn't want to open herself up to that heartache again but she does want other to have the love that she once had. So she has become a successfully matchmaker. Adam has been in the military that has left him with some scars inside and out. Adam wants the love of a good women but has some hesitation about getting past his issue. But Adam does sign up for Melinda's matchmaki
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Honora
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful love story of very real characters. I keep returning to read Lucinda Race's newest releases for the way she writes beautiful characters who find love - and with it, themselves. Her stories are realistic, charming and very nicely written. I love the world she creates and how she allows us inside her character's thoughts, dreams and feelings. This release was one of my favorite from this author and I am excited to see what she brings us next. ...more
Suzanne
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of Matchmaker and the Marine in exchange for an honest review...and I loved it! This story has all the feels. A broken-hearted widow meets her match when a military hero enlists her services as a professional matchmaker. It's her job to help him find love. It becomes his mission to prove he already has! ...more
Wanda
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Matchmaker and the Marine turned out to be absolutely amazing. It is a contemporary romance about finding love unexpectedly.
Melinda moved to a new town after her husband died and is a very successful matchmaker. Adam was forced to retired from the Marines after his last tour left him injured. He signed on to Melinda matchmaker in the hope of finding love. His friends had luck with her service, maybe he would.
The chemistry between Mel and Adam is beautiful and real. I loved how the story flow
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Kimberly
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is a good small town romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is an enjoyable, emotional, and second chance romance read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Matchmaker and the Marine is the first book by Lucinda Race that I have had the pleasure of reading. I loved following Melinda and Adam's story of second chance at love and how it helped them heal. I was hooked fro the start with this story and can't wait to read more of her books. ...more
Melanie
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book.This is my honest and voluntary review
This is my first time reading anything by this author. It definitely won't be the last. This was one that captured my attention from the get go. Interesting and well-written storyline. Well developed characters. Wasn't anything I didn't like about this story. I definitely recommend it

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Lisa
Oct 18, 2020 added it
Adam and Mel have a lot of baggage between them. Their story is intense and shows a lot going on. The writing is well done. I like the chemistry. I like the way Mel pushes on. I like the way Adam grows.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Wendy Livingstone
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author to me, and I will certainly be looking out for her work in the future. Melinda is a widow who is a successful matchmaker, and Adam is a retired marine who signs up. Can these two heal wounds from their pasts? This is a beautifully written story which has flawed and realistic characters, and I was enthralled throughout this addictive page turner. I recommend for all readers.
Dawn Foster
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Matchmaker and the Marine is the first book by Lucinda Race that I have had the pleasure of reading. I loved following Melinda and Adam's story of second chance at love and how it helped them heal. I was hooked fro the start with this story and can't wait to read more of her books. ...more
Jewel Hart
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the small shore town of Chester, Connecticut, The Matchmaker and The Marine: It’s Just Coffee by Lucinda Race, follows the lovely, emotional love story of a couple that meets under unexpected circumstances. Readers will love this touching and engaging 5 star romance novel!!!

Melinda Phillips, a former therapist now matchmaker in Chester, is still hurting from the death of her husband. Though she makes a living and is good at matching other people, Melinda has lost hope of ever moving on wi
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Deb
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is clean reading! I very much enjoyed this story and the writing. I read it in one sitting. This story had great characters and relationships. I thought the author did a good job of addressing PTSD, physical trauma and mourning. This was a new author to me! I'll look forward to more from Author Lucinda Race. ...more
Phyllis Halstead
The Matchmaker and Th Marine: A Clean Second Chance Small town .romance

A very touching love story for a damaged marine and a loving, caring matchmaker. The lives they both had before meeting each other make a beautiful story of shared love. I highly recommend this good feeling book.
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Award-winning and best selling author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading romance novels and getting lost in the hope they represent. While her friends dreamed of becoming doctors and engineers, her dreams were to become a writer—a romance novelist.

As life twisted and turned, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her tru
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